Watch – Dramatic rescue of kite surfer who turned kite into makeshift liferaft

A kite surfer used survival techniques to make a life raft out of his equipment in dangerously cold water while emergency services searched for him in the sea. Devon coastguard teams, lifeboat crews, an ambulance and a search and rescue helicopter were called to reports of a kite surfer in difficulties in North Devon on Monday night. He spent approximately an hour in the 11.4 degrees centigrade water and bent the inflation tube at the front of the kite to create a makeshift life raft and the above video from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency shows how he was rescued.

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